I haven’t done a snippets post in a while so there are a LOT of links here. There’s plenty of interesting stuff going around at the moment. Let’s get started.
Earlier this year, Ford announced that they were ceasing vehicle production in Australia in a few years time. Last week, after months of sliding sales and years of government subsidies, Holden did the same. Redneck racing fans have been having fits of panic ever since.
This week, Ford announced that it’s hiring 11,000 new workers in a 2014 global expansion. Yesterday, General Motors announced that it’s spending $1.45billion on plant upgrades in the US.
I guess we know where we stand in terms of being a high-wage manufacturing country.
And the hits keep on coming…..
All those redneck Holden Commodore fans better prepare themselves for the shock of a lifetime.
While GM’s talking heads have committed to keeping Holden as a brand in Australia – scotching rumours that they’d save themselves some global marketing money by calling the cars Chevrolets – the new Holden Commodore that will replace the current Aussie built V6/V8 RWD model range is said to be a FWD 4 cylinder from China.
I can’t wait to see how well that goes.
Looks like Dodge might save the day, though. And for that, I’m genuinely excited.
To more positive news……
I’ve never been a huge BMW fan, but I have to say that the new BMW M3 and M4 look outstanding.
And is it just me who finds it interesting that after years of BMWs running mostly with odd-numbered series nomenclature, their most interesting cars are now going to run with even numbers? Yes, the old 6-series and 8-series cars were interesting, but BMW’s bread, butter and marketing spend has always been focused on its 3-series and 5-series.
Have they created a rod for their own back? Or will people just pour into them as they’ve done for years? I suspect the latter. “It’s the product, stupid”. And the product looks good.
Speaking of BMW, I expect the i3 to take out the European Car Of The Year award, to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show next year.
The other six finalists are:
- Tesla Model S
- Citroen C4 Picasso
- Mazda 3
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Peugeot 308, and
- Skoda Octavia
Good as those cars may be, I don’t think they’re anywhere near the game-changers that the BMW i3 will turn out to be.
Saab – here’s your new electric vehicle benchmark.
From the new, to the very old.
There’s a Citroen DS19 wagon for sale in the US at the moment!! Yes, a genuine Safari goddess!!
According to the ad on Ebay, the car has been idle for the last 45 years(!) after the substantive owner hit a protrusion in the road, cracking the transmission case. Thankfully for a new owner, the car comes with a spare engine, spare transmission and a whole bunch of spare parts (check the photo – who wouldn’t want to spend the next 10 years sorting that out????!!!!)
Once restored, this car will be the coolest on any block. Guaranteed. At the time of writing, the sale has just under 2 days to go and the current bid of $4500 is yet to reach the reserve.
BMW has M. Audi has S, or RS if you’re feeling particularly nutty. Nissan has Z. Subaru added a W to their RX vehicles to make a hottie. Cadillac (and therefore, Holden) have the V range.
Everyone’s after a letter they can add to make their cars sportier and more marketable.
I assume they chose “N” because someone already had the trademark for “Pfft”
Homologation – rightly touted as a reason why car companies don’t take their cars to some markets. If they don’t think it’ll sell well enough, it doesn’t justify the costs.
Just how much does it cost to homologate a car?
Lotus spent $50,000,000 to get the Elise compliant for the US market. It took them 16 months to complete.
Read the full story at The Truth About Cars.
And in some non-car news……
Thankfully, in this crazy, truth-spun world we live in, there’s still some people out there with common sense. There are still some decisions made that bring peace to the soul, knowing that mankind can still get something right when centred minds are applied to a task.